September 26, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 26, 2008, the 2500-member People's Council of Turkmenistan adopted a new constitution, which envisioned a new multi-party political process and placed limits on presidential power following the death of longtime autocrat Saparmurat Niyazov in December 2006. Specifically, the ...[read more]
June 2, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Turkmenistan adopted a new law on Thursday for regulating presidential elections that changes the qualifications potential candidates must satisfy. The law says that an individual must be either backed by a political party or collect at least 50,000 signatures to qualify as a presidential ...[read more]
April 16, 2010
by Andrew Wood
Elizabeth Zitrin: The United States of America, proud of its commitment to fairness and justice, is being left behind on one of the most important international human rights issues of our age. We are way behind the curve. Surpassed in human rights by, most recently, Togo and Burundi. The U... ...[read more]
April 2, 2010
by David Manes
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human... ...[read more]
May 5, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its annual report on worldwide religious freedoms, elevating Iraq and Nigeria to its list of countries of particular concern (CPC) and adding six new countries to its watch list. The other CPC are Burm... ...[read more]
January 30, 2009
by Necia Hobbes
Gunesh Bakgalova, Pitt Law LLM '09, compares right to rest laws in her native Turkmenistan with American labor regulation:When I came to the United States I was very surprised to hear that employers are not required to give employees paid vacations, or to include paid leave in employ... ...[read more]
September 28, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts
The 2500-member People's Council of Turkmenistan Friday adopted a new constitution for Turkmenistan envisioning a new multi-party political process and providing for limits on presidential power two years after the death of longtime autocrat Saparmurat Niyazov. Turkmen leaders are hopeful ...[read more]
October 17, 2007
by Brett Murphy
The United States has gained ground as a country protecting press freedom, according to the sixth annual Worldwide Index of Freedom issued Tuesday by Reporters Without Borders (RWB). RWB listed Eritrea, North Korea, and Turkmenistan at the bottom of the survey, while Iceland and Norway tied for ...[read more]
July 5, 2007
by Michael Sung
The government of Turkmenistan published a law defining the president's powers and duties for the first time in Turkmenistani history Wednesday. The law, printed in the official state newspaper, gives the president the power to appoint the Cabinet and leaders of the armed forces. With the ...[read more]
May 18, 2007
by Michael Sung
A study released Friday by the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has found a substantial growth in the scale, scope and sophistication of Internet censorship worldwide. The study, focusing on state-mandated censorship, found evidence of content filtering in 25 of 41 countries tested. The study fo... ...[read more]

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